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The knowledge behind the latest CNC technology
Start date: Sep 1, 2014, End date: Sep 1, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The proposed program aims to to give students from the woodworking, computer and electrical engineering departments of our school that have a very basic knowledge of CNC machines to be given the opportunity of visiting a college that has vast experience in training on CNC technology. Students chosen will be from under privileged families that would otherwise never be able to participate in such a project. We believe that these students especially will gain a lot from such an opportunity and it would also increase their employment opportunities upon leaving school. It is proposed that 14 students will participate from the aforementioned departments as well 2 accompanying teachers. They will be able to gain expertise on the of the use, programming and maintenance of CNC machines. This undoubtedly will have a great impact since this type of technology is vital in industry, CNC (Computer Numerical Control) technology is very important for the furniture making industry as well as other industries. The attendance of students from the electrical department will enable them to gain knowledge as to the electrical and electronic parts of the machines and the computer students will learn how to begin programming the machine and following the design through to end result. All students will be able to connect the theory learned at school with practice in an actual live working environment. The main activities of the project will include the preparation of the participants both in the technological and cultural aspects of the project, the lessons taught at the partner college, the work placements and visits to local Scottish industries and finally the immersion in cultural activities/way of life in Scotland. The main objectives are to boost existing basic knowledge into a more fruitful or deeper understanding of CNC technology and the impact that it can have on our manufacturing industry. Another objective is make our students more employable by increasing their knowledge and skills and enabling them to seek jobs not only in their home country but also within the European community and elsewhere. Our anticipated results are that our students will realize that by using this technology, their effectiveness, efficiency and flexibility in the employment market will be vastly improved. Students will become familiar with an actual working environment. As students they do not have this opportunity in Cyprus. Additionally, students will 'see' that there are more opportunities available to them than they presently believe. Their minds will be opened up to a wider world and this will ultimately motivate them to strive for a better life. They will have the opportunity to mix and experience a different culture and way of life and hopefully one of the longer term benefits is that it will produce a better 'European' feeling of integration. The project is expected to take place around March of 2015 in Scotland. As a supportive document for the dedication of both partners to the project a letter of intent has been prepared and signed by both partners and will be electronically attached. In conclusion, the expected outcome of this project will be the greater knowledge gained by our students of CNC technology.

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